Dining September 09, 2017
These 10 Restaurants Serve The Best Bloody Mary In North Carolina
It’s officially the weekend and that means two things: relaxation and brunch! While some of us are the mimosa type (me) others can’t resist a decadent Bloody Mary to either quench the pain of last night or start fresh for a long Saturday. Over time, the Bloody Mary has evolved to be more than a spicy, salty, sometimes sweet drink with tomato juice and vodka, but a salty display piled high with fried chicken, shrimp, even a biscuit! While sometimes all we crave is a simple Bloody Mary, sometimes it’s pretty cool to have a meal and drink rolled into one. These 10 restaurants offer the best of both.
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1. Hops Supply Co, Wilmington
The cucumber-infused Bloody Mary is indeed a crowd pleaser and great balance between sweet and spicy. They use Rain cucumber vodka, tomato juice, manzanilla olives as garnish and your drink comes with an Old Bay seasoned rim.
2. Motorco (Parts & Labor) Durham
Motorco Music Hall ditched the food trucks for the brick and mortar Parts & Labor, which serves a variety of eccentric yet classic fare, that also pairs well with one of their famous Bloody Marys. Their's comes served with large chunks of bacon dropped in and topped with okra and olives. It's been deemed a "liquid salad."
3. High Hampton Inn, Cashiers
You won't mind booking a room at this dreamy mountain resort located in the Foothills. Come for the Bloody Mary bar on Sundays but stay for the views. At the bar you select your vodka and mixers and can get as crazy as you want with toppings like shrimp, bacon, cucumber, artichoke heart and baby corn. You know those images of decadent, towering Bloody Marys? You'll find that here.
4. Hutch & Harris, Winston-Salem
Their specialty Bloody Marys are a hit come lazy Sunday mornings when you need some bacon, lime, tomato juice and vodka to recharge.
5. Moo & Brew, Charlotte
If you prefer your Bloody Marys on the 'outlandish' spectrum, Moo & Brews' are essentially a meal and drink wrapped into one. Try their 'Large Marge' which comes served with Jalapeño Firecracker, cheese curds, an angus burger, fried green tomatoes, two grilled cheeses, smoked bacon, two shots of Titos and a shot of Miller High Life on the side. It's basically brunch in one drink.
6. Mayfel's, Asheville
Back on the simple side of things, Mayfel's features a Bloody Mary bar made perfect by their made-in-house mix and all the toppings and fixings for a classic mid-morning beverage.
7. NOFO @ The Pig, Raleigh
Located in inside a quirky and airy space that used to be a Piggly Wiggly, NOFO has stellar brunch and a classically delicious Bloody Mary. Sip one down while munching on the assortment of options like the NOFO ranchero, country breakfast, pulled pork hash or famous shrimp n' grits.
8. Art's Place, Kitty Hawk
A yummy Bloody Mary with an ocean view? Count me in! You might want to sip down some drinks and relax, but be sure to save room for one of their decadent breakfast sandwiches that always hit the spot.
9. Savannah's Oyster House, Blowing Rock
Served with shrimp, crawfish, celery and plenty of olives, the Bloody Mary here has been called "practically an appetizer itself." If you're craving fresh seafood miles away from the coast, Savannah's is a great place to satisfy that craving while also filling up on an extravagant Bloody Mary or two.
10. Raleigh Times Bar, Raleigh
A long time (drinking) establishment for Triangle residents, the Bloody Mary has continuously been a fixture for people-watching on the front patio come Saturday and Sunday mornings. Simply delicious with just the right amount of toppings, you can easily drink one or three while enjoying the views and conversation.
Who’s ready for some day drinking? Where is your favorite place to get a Bloody Mary in North Carolina?
Speaking of breakfast,
this charming restaurant has combined two longtime staples – fried chicken and donuts!